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Threats lead to W.Va. store being emptied twice

February 13, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Officials are investigating two threatening phone calls made to the CATO clothing store in the Charles Town Plaza over the weekend, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Monday.

In both instances, customers were cleared from the women's apparel store but police did not find anything suspicious in the store, Victor Lupis said.

The first threat occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday when a man called the store and his voice sounded like there was an attempt to disguise it, Lupis said.

According to Lupis, the man said, "If you don't want anyone to get hurt, you need to clear out that building and the buildings around you. I don't want to hurt anyone but I need to prove my point."

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The store was closed for about a half-hour but police inspecting the store found nothing suspicious, Lupis said.

The second call to the store was made about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lupis said. Lupis declined to comment on what the man said during that phone call because the investigation was ongoing.

The Charles Town Plaza is along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town and includes other stores such as a Wal-Mart.

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